Child abuse in nineteenth century Queensland

Thearle M.J. and Gregory H. (1988) Child abuse in nineteenth century Queensland. Child Abuse and Neglect, 12 1: 91-101. doi:10.1016/0145-2134(88)90011-7

Author Thearle M.J.
Gregory H.
Title Child abuse in nineteenth century Queensland
Journal name Child Abuse and Neglect   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0145-2134
Publication date 1988
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0145-2134(88)90011-7
Volume 12
Issue 1
Start page 91
End page 101
Total pages 11
Subject 2735 Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
3207 Social Psychology
3304 Education
3308 Law
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract Various forms of the social and medical dilemma now referred to as child abuse occurred in 19th century Queensland. Incidents ranging from parental carelessness and neglect to deliberate injury and murder were reported in the lay and medical press. This paper investigates abuse of infants in Queensland in the latter half of the 19th century in the context of socioeconomic conditions, family stress, concepts of morality and prevailing social mores. Identifiable incidents include infanticide, injury, deliberate neglect, neglect due to ignorance and poverty, and accidents or poisonings where abuse appears to have been a factor. Child abuse stimulated the medical profession, religious bodies, groups of concerned citizens, and eventually the state to intervene to protect and care for endangered children. These initiatives and the social and moral attitudes they reflected are also examined. Legal definitions and records of court proceedings are evaluated as well so that changes in official as well as social attitudes can be better understood.
Keyword Accidents
Child abuse
Community intervention
Nonfatal injury
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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